A blog about skirmish gaming the Great War in the mountains and rivers along the border of the Kingdom of Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire using 28mm miniatures. A fascinating and bloody conflict that has long been in the shadow of other awful combats like the Somme and Verdun.
Dedicated to my great-grandfather, Albert Whitbourn, sapper (later corporal) in the Royal Engineers. He wasan "Old Contemptible" and a veteran of the Battle of Mons. After having recovered (to an extent) from a gas attack in 1915, by 1917 he was a member of the British contingent that was sent to the Italian front after the disaster that befell the Italian army at Caporetto (Kobarid). He survived the war only to be struck down and killed by a car during the blackout in 1940.
Born in Brighton, England, in 1961 (the same year the Berlin Wall went up). Family emigrated to Vancouver, Canada in 1962 (the same month as the Cuban Missle Crisis). I came to Japan in 1992 (the year it was revealed that Dan Quayle couldn't spell "potato").
I've lived here ever since.